Saturday, October 1, 2011
Halftime: Louisville 13, Marshall 7
By Andrea Adelson
True freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got the start for Louisville, but it took a while for him to get the Cardinals a 13-7 lead at halftime.
The offense struggled in the early going and could not generate anything. Louisville went three-and-out on its first three drives. Meanwhile, the defense allowed Marshall to open the game with a 12-play touchdown drive.
But that changed midway through the second quarter, as Bridgewater settled down and led two scoring drives to close the half. He is at 10-of-14 for 136 yards -- including a 41-yard touchdown pass to Victor Anderson. Bridgewater started in place of Will Stein, who hurt his shoulder against Kentucky, and became the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Louisville since Stu Stram in 1976.
The Cardinals are still struggling to get the ground game going, with 31 yards on the ground. Dominique Brown does not have a carry yet after being quite effective against Kentucky.